Pace African & Oceanic Art

Pace African & Oceanic Art Since 1971 we have specialized in important traditional African and Oceanic art.

Opening tonight 6-8 pmFrom the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and Surrealist Prints 536 West 22nd St Featured in our ex...
05/16/2024

Opening tonight 6-8 pm
From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and Surrealist Prints
536 West 22nd St

Featured in our exhibition is a very good standing Ramu River ancestral figure of considerable age, which emanates compressed power and a strong presence as it looks directly at the viewer. Red pigment covers the entire surface. As characteristic of early sculpture of this type, the powerful and expressive head is surmounted by an elongated top knot. Scarification motifs are deeply carved on the powerful shoulders and back of the figure, while an animal motif rests on the forehead.

The powerful triangular torso stands on blade-like legs, with arms detached from the body and hands resting on the side of the thighs. The feet grip the side of the base.

A similar example was published in 1913.

Images
1-5 Ramu River Ancestral Figure
6 Picasso, Marie-Thérèse considérant son effigie surréaliste sculptée, 1933
7 Miró, La geante, 1938







Join us tomorrow 6-8 pm for the opening of From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and a small retrospective of Importa...
05/15/2024

Join us tomorrow 6-8 pm for the opening of From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and a small retrospective of Important Surrealist Prints curated by Timothy Baum.

Our Director Carlo Bella dreamt of an exhibition like this for several years and it’s finally come to fruition. Carlo assembled the selection of sculpture from Papua New Guinea, New Ireland and the Solomon Islands while also working with Surrealist scholar and dealer Timothy Baum to compose a group of prints and photos from the 1920s-60s that reflects the influence of Melanesian art on Surrealist artists like Joan Miró, Wifredo Lam, Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Réne Magritte, Dorothea Tanning, Valentine Hugo, Roberto Matta, André Masson and more.

Explore the exhibition in the gallery or in our online viewing room, link in bio, through 3 July.

Images
1-3 New Ireland Malagan Mask
4 Joan Miró, La ligne d’horizon, 1938
5 Yves Tanguy, Rhabdomancie, 1947
6 Wifredo Lam, Quetzal, 1947



This spectacular example of a Yina Figure, which is nearly 6 feet or 1.7 meters tall, was collected by Douglas Newton in...
05/11/2024

This spectacular example of a Yina Figure, which is nearly 6 feet or 1.7 meters tall, was collected by Douglas Newton in the 1960s. It was exhibited at the Staempfli Gallery, New York in 1972.

The deeply concave face is shaped like a leaf with a long, tubular nose that projects out and downwards from the brow. Two bulbous eyes jut out while a long, curved tongue protrudes from the mouth.

In the Washkuk Hills bordering the upper Sepik river, the Kwoma peoples and their closely related neighbors share a tradition centered around the cultivation of yams. Men carve elongated wooden, abstract figures and arrange them on a large mound of recently harvested yams.

An annual series of rituals associated with the yam harvest ensures the tubers continuing abundance and renders them suitable for human consumption. During each ritual the men perform songs and dances to purify the yams. At the conclusion of the ceremonies they store the yina heads, later repainting them to reinvigorate their power prior to the next series of events.

See it now in our current exhibition, From the World of Dreams, in the gallery or in our online viewing room.

Kwoma Artist
Yina Figure
Washkuk Hills, Papua New Guinea
Late 19th-early 20th century
Wood, pigments
Height: 68 inches (172.3 cm)

Provenance:
Collected by Douglas Newton, 1960s
Ex Staempfli Gallery, New York
Ex private collection, New York

Pace African and Oceanic Art presents From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and a small retrospective of Important Su...
05/09/2024

Pace African and Oceanic Art presents From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and a small retrospective of Important Surrealist Prints curated by Timothy Baum on view 2 May - 3 July 2024.

The exhibition features over a dozen 19th century figures, masks and other objects from Papua New Guinea, New Ireland and the Solomon Islands. Presented with the Melanesian art is a retrospective of Surrealist prints curated by Timothy Baum, noted specialist in Dada and Surrealist art, which includes over 30 etchings, lithographs and photographs from the 1920s to 1960s.

A public opening will be held Thursday, 16 May 2024, 6-8 pm.

In the idealized “Surrealist Map of the World” published in 1929, the placement of Papua New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago in the center of the map, and larger than both Europe and Asia, reveal the allure that cultures from Oceania held for the Surrealists. Searching for a new means of expression, the Surrealists found inspiration in non-Western art and objects which to them was exemplified by
Malagan sculptures from Papua New Guinea. Used for rituals to celebrate the founders of clans and endowed with immense magical powers, these sculptures, fearsome but amiable, connected the ground with the powers of the other world.

Usually we’re closed on Mondays, but we have something special opening this Thursday. From the World of Dreams: Melanesi...
04/29/2024

Usually we’re closed on Mondays, but we have something special opening this Thursday.

From the World of Dreams: Melanesian Art and a retrospective of Surrealist Prints curated by Tim Baum will open this Thursday, 2 May.

Our show will feature sculpture from Papua New Guinea, New Ireland and the Solomon Islands along with nearly 40 prints and photographs by Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, André Masson, Max Ernst, Wifredo Lam, Dorothea Tanning, Man Ray, Rene Magritte and more.

The exhibition will be on view in the gallery and in an online viewing room 2 May - 3 July.

Thank you to everyone who came to our book signing for Arnold Syrop last Thursday. It was a success! Art and Spirits of ...
04/16/2024

Thank you to everyone who came to our book signing for Arnold Syrop last Thursday. It was a success!

Art and Spirits of Mali is on view through April 27.

Stay tuned for our next exhibition which opens May 2 (teaser in our stories)

See this Dogon Figure and Bamana Hood in our exhibition Art & Spirits of Mali. Join us this evening 6-8 pm for Arnold Sy...
04/11/2024

See this Dogon Figure and Bamana Hood in our exhibition Art & Spirits of Mali.

Join us this evening 6-8 pm for Arnold Syrop’s book signing!

Visit the online viewing room for our show on our website. Link in bio

Reduced to the essentials, this Northern Senufo Mask conveys elegance. On view now in the gallery or in our online viewi...
04/09/2024

Reduced to the essentials, this Northern Senufo Mask conveys elegance. On view now in the gallery or in our online viewing room.

SENUFO/BAMANA ARTIST
Mask, bangoro go
Mali/Ivory Coast
Late 19th – early 20th century
Wood, metal
Height: 18 7/8 inches (48 cm)

Provenance:
Ex collection Phillip Goldman, London
Ex collection Jean-Pierre Boilod, Areuse, Switzerland
Ex collection André Aeschlimann, Rochefort, Switzerland
Ex Galerie Alain Bovis, Paris
Ex private collection, Belgium

One of the highlights of our Art and Spirits in Mali exhibition is this Bamana kònò Mask. It is a masterpiece of design ...
04/03/2024

One of the highlights of our Art and Spirits in Mali exhibition is this Bamana kònò Mask. It is a masterpiece of design with its clean, long lines of the mouth and the ears. Remarkable in size the mask exudes power and beauty.

Bamana Mask, kònò
Mali
Late 19th-early 20th century
Wood
Height: 46 ½ in (118 cm)

Provenance:
Collected in the 1950s
Ex Galerie Renaud Vanuxem, Paris
Ex private collection, Miami

Bamana headdresses from Mali are among the most iconic and recognizable objects in African art. These works of refined e...
03/30/2024

Bamana headdresses from Mali are among the most iconic and recognizable objects in African art. These works of refined elegance glorify agricultural work, fertility and the sun, with its bountiful effect on earth. They are memorable because of the schematic representation of the antelope, combined with other sacred animals, which captures their agility, character and beauty. Bamana headdresses come in a multiplicity of shapes, sizes, and types exemplified by the examples offered in our exhibition, Art and Spirits of Mali, on view through 27 April.

In the first headdress above is superb and rare example of the Chi Wara type, formerly in the Vérité collection. The elegant sweeping horns surmount the intricate representation of three animals, the roan antelope, the pangolin, and the aardvark with an unsurpassed degree of abstraction and elegance.

The second headdress is a classic Segoni Koun from the Bougouni region. It is encrusted with cowrie shells, abrus seeds and beads. The compact body is joined to the head by a diagonal neck and mane separated by an elliptical space. Three sets of horns extend from the head. These are known to represent the small bush duiker, the oribi antelope, and the larger bushbuck.

The third headdress is an extremely sophisticated smaller type, known as Nama Tyetye. This headdress reads as a simple vertical zig zag column topped by a bead like head with short horns.

Please email us at [email protected] with any questions.

Tomorrow is the last day of Affinities: African Art and Modern Expressions featuring these Losso and Mossi Figures along...
03/22/2024

Tomorrow is the last day of Affinities: African Art and Modern Expressions featuring these Losso and Mossi Figures along with lithographs by Jean Dubuffet.

On March 28 we will open our next exhibition Art and Spirits of Mali.

This highly weathered Tigong Figure, from the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, protected a family compound from witchcraf...
03/16/2024

This highly weathered Tigong Figure, from the border of Cameroon and Nigeria, protected a family compound from witchcraft.

Formerly in the collection of Alfie Scheinberg, this figure is the centerpiece of our African art and Dubuffet exhibition on view through 23 March.

The African artworks offered in our current exhibition, Affinities: African Art and Modern Expressions, capture the aest...
03/12/2024

The African artworks offered in our current exhibition, Affinities: African Art and Modern Expressions, capture the aesthetic values of Art Brut that Jean Dubuffet cherished: atypical and unusual sculptures, on the periphery of “classical” forms, with strong expressionistic qualities, which exude spontaneity and feeling rather than formal beauty.

Visit the exhibition in the gallery or via our website

Images above:
Losso Figure, Togo
Kaka Figure, Cameroon
Jean Dubuffet, Le Supplice du téléphone
Jean Dubuffet, Dactylographe

Join us this evening for the opening of Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions, the last installment of our exhibi...
02/16/2024

Join us this evening for the opening of Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions, the last installment of our exhibition series which examines the visual relationships between Modern, Post-war, African and Oceanic Art, 16 February-23 March 2024. Affinities features masks and figures from Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Togo and early lithographs by Jean Dubuffet (b.1901-d.1985).

Pace African and Oceanic Art presents Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions, the last installment of our exhibiti...
02/09/2024

Pace African and Oceanic Art presents Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions, the last installment of our exhibition series which examines the visual relationships between Modern, Post-war, African and Oceanic Art, 16 February-23 March 2024. Affinities features masks and figures from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo and early lithographs by Jean Dubuffet (b.1901-d.1985).

A public opening will be held Friday, 16 February, 6-8 pm.

The tactile surfaces of sculptures such as the Losso Figure from Togo and the Mbembe Figure from Nigeria (illustrated above) add an extra dimension which draw the viewer in. The rough and bumpy expanse of these objects connect with Dubuffet’s earliest lithographic series, Matière et Mémoire (Matter and Memory), 1944, as well as his 1963 lithograph L’enfle-chique I (The Inflated Snob). While we have no direct evidence that Dubuffet looked at African art, he championed art that was instinctive and without artifice, unmotivated by thoughts of recognition or display, something he would eventually call Art Brut.

In contrast to Dubuffet, the African carvers and artists had clear intention and design when creating their works. Although they had some freedom to interpret certain characteristics of utilitarian, spiritual or ancestral patterns, the final carving had to honor and communicate their intent effectively.

The gallery will be closed 20 December 2023 - 2 January 2024.
12/20/2023

The gallery will be closed 20 December 2023 - 2 January 2024.

We present Bits and Baubles, an online exhibition, 2 - 20 Dec 2023. The end of the year offers us the opportunity to rev...
12/02/2023

We present Bits and Baubles, an online exhibition, 2 - 20 Dec 2023.

The end of the year offers us the opportunity to review our inventory and yearly acquisitions.

Here is a selection of museum quality pieces that we would like to bring to your attention as the holiday season begins.

Happy Hunting!

https://www.paceafricanart.com/viewing-room/28-bits-and-baubles

We have extended Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions through 22 December 2023. The exhibition explores the visu...
12/01/2023

We have extended Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions through 22 December 2023.

The exhibition explores the visual connections between African, Oceanic, Modern and Contemporary art.

View the exhibition at 536 West 22nd St, New York or visit our online viewing room on our website.

We have extended our current exhibition, Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions through Dec 22. Join us for specia...
11/28/2023

We have extended our current exhibition, Affinities: African Art & Modern Expressions through Dec 22. Join us for special evening hours Thursday, 30 November 6-8 pm

Our new exhibition opens today!Affinities: African Art & Modern Expression explores the visual connections between Afric...
10/12/2023

Our new exhibition opens today!

Affinities: African Art & Modern Expression explores the visual connections between African, Oceanic, Modern and Contemporary art and will be on view through 25 November.

Join us this evening 6-8 pm
536 West 22nd Street
New York NY 10011

Merci,  Au revoir Paris, à bientôt!Thank you,  Goodbye Paris, see you soon!
09/11/2023

Merci,
Au revoir Paris, à bientôt!

Thank you, Goodbye Paris, see you soon!

Félicitations à   pour avoir créé un bel objet d'art qui marie art et mode. Nous sommes fiers de porter son sac Ida et a...
09/10/2023

Félicitations à pour avoir créé un bel objet d'art qui marie art et mode. Nous sommes fiers de porter son sac Ida et avons hâte d'en collectionner davantage !

Congratulations to for creating a beautiful objet d’art which marries art and fashion. We are proud to carry her Ida bag and look forward to collecting more!

See this spectacular Grebo Mask in our Parcours des Mondes exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux Arts. We’re open until 7 pm to...
09/06/2023

See this spectacular Grebo Mask in our Parcours des Mondes exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux Arts. We’re open until 7 pm today.

Formerly owned by Pierre and Claude Vérité, this is a superb mask of great creativity, the arrangement of the two faces is ingenious and the patina is very old. Like the other Krou masks in the Vérité collection, it is one of those objects brought back very early by travelers and which captured the imagination of Western artists at the beginning of the 20th century.

Pace African & Oceanic Art is pleased to participate in the 22nd annual Parcours des Mondes fair in Paris, 5-10 Septembe...
09/05/2023

Pace African & Oceanic Art is pleased to participate in the 22nd annual Parcours des Mondes fair in Paris, 5-10 September 2023.
Our exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux Arts will feature a selection of African and Oceanic sculptures from American collections.

Installation Day!Today we install our Parcours des Mondes exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux Arts. Soon you will see this ly...
09/04/2023

Installation Day!
Today we install our Parcours des Mondes exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux Arts.

Soon you will see this lyrical Dogon Maternity Figure which stands at 55.5 cm tall, and was formerly in the collection of Merton D. Simpson.

C’est partie!

See you soon!Parcours des Mondes10 rue des Beaux-ArtsOpening Tuesday, 5 September
09/01/2023

See you soon!
Parcours des Mondes
10 rue des Beaux-Arts
Opening Tuesday, 5 September

See you at Parcours des MondesPace African & Oceanic Art will be exhibiting at the annual Parcours des Mondes fair in Pa...
07/27/2023

See you at Parcours des Mondes
Pace African & Oceanic Art will be exhibiting at the annual Parcours des Mondes fair in Paris, 5-10 September 2023.
Our exhibition at 10 rue des Beaux-Arts will feature a selection of African and Oceanic sculptures from American collections.
Our gallery at 536 West 22nd St, New York will be closed 27 July - 14 September.

Join us this evening for ADAA Chelsea Gallery walk, 6-8 pm. INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTESTEnter to win tickets to The Art Show ...
07/19/2023

Join us this evening for ADAA Chelsea Gallery walk, 6-8 pm.

INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST

Enter to win tickets to The Art Show and a tote bag full of art books and exhibition catalogues by posting photos of your experience on Instagram with the tag in the caption.
A winner will be selected from those who visit and tag the most ADAA galleries during the event. To be eligible, you must follow and post all photos by 2pm ET on July 20.

Join us Wednesday, 19 July from 6 to 8 pm for the ADAA Chelsea Gallery Walk. INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTESTEnter to win tickets...
07/17/2023

Join us Wednesday, 19 July from 6 to 8 pm for the ADAA Chelsea Gallery Walk.

INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST

Enter to win tickets to The Art Show and a tote bag full of art books and exhibition catalogues by posting photos of your experience on Instagram with the tag in the caption. A winner will be selected from those who visit and tag the most ADAA galleries during the event. To be eligible, you must follow and post all photos by 2pm ET on July 20.

Visit us Wednesday, July 19 during the ADAA Chelsea Gallery Walk. We’ll be open until 8 pm.
07/14/2023

Visit us Wednesday, July 19 during the ADAA Chelsea Gallery Walk. We’ll be open until 8 pm.

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Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm

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Pace African & Oceanic Art is, a New York based, leading tribal and oceanic art gallery specializing in antique, traditional sculpture from central and west Africa and the islands of the Pacific. Established in 1971, the gallery maintains an inventory of museum-quality masks, figures and other objects which affirm the aesthetic imagination and mastery of the artists who made them. Affiliated with Pace Gallery, Pace African & Oceanic Art is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA).

Carlo Bella, only the third Director in the gallery’s history, hails from Milan, Italy where his family of art dealers, artists and collectors fueled his love of art. In 1983 he graduated from NYU with a degree in political science and art history. A year later he joined Pace. In 1986, Carlo created the Old Master Print department at Pace Prints which he ran until 2002 when he became the Director of Pace African & Oceanic Art. Drawing on his knowledge and collecting of tribal and oceanic art for over 30 years, Carlo has led the gallery into the 21st century adapting to an ever changing art market. Carlo continues to cultivate his knowledge and passion of African and Oceanic art through his travels abroad.

Pace African & Oceanic Art is available in the New York area, and worldwide, for consultation in regards to acquisitions both private and at auction; insurance appraisals; and conservation.

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